Although it almost seems like instructions to the inhabitants of the Blue Lagoon, the article title is merely the Sunday podium of the British OK Dinghy nationals.
Only one race was completed on Sunday with high winds preventing more races. But it was compelling action. Charlie Cumbley won the days race, with Will Turner 2nd and Jim Hunt – still overall event leader – in 3rd.
The overall leadership is now Jim Hunt, Jon Fish, Lee Child.
Full results and detailed report are available on the event website, and below.
Race 3 Breeze on Photos from Hikingbench RIB
Day two of the OK Dinghy Nationals dawned with an average wind speed of 25 and gusting 32 knots which prompted a two hour postponement ashore.
The racing got underway at 14:30 with a more steady 25 knots under an incoming tide. Those who started at the pin came out smiling at the windward mark due to increased tide at the left side of the course. Will Turner led the charge with an impressive lead followed by Charlie Cumbley and Jim Hunt. A tight pack behind blasted down the reach and places 4, 5, 6 and 7 were all within two boat lengths come the very choppy gybe mark. The top 10 remained tight for all of the race considering the freshness of the breeze.
The next drama was to be had on the third lap again at the gybe mark of doom with increased pressure just as Cumbley and Turner arrived. The ‘wind over tide’ in the deepest part of the Blackwater had created a steep chop with just 3 feet between each wave making the timing of the gybe extremely difficult. They both managed to delay their gybes long enough for the gust to pass but had lost 100 yards or so over Hunt. Many a capsize were to be had here across the 40 boat fleet; Richard Burton being the highest place swimmer who went from 8th to 18th in one acrobatic move.
The lead swapped a couple of times and it ended with a photo finish and neither knowing who had won until ashore, but it was Cumbley from Turner. Jim Hunt was a solid third and Jon Fish found an extra yard of place and just took Andy Couch on the line for fourth.
The 2nd race of the day was cancelled so the fleet look forward to 3 races tomorrow with an earlier start time which combined with a hard day’s racing today might reduce the beer intake tonight.
Hunt remains the man to beat, extending his lead today but with three different race winners so far and some still finding their feet, everything is still up for grabs.
OK Nationals 2014
Entries: 40 Races Sailed: 3
|Series Place||Sail No||Owner||Club||Series Points||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3|
|1||GBR2162||Jim Hunt||Blithfield SC||6||2||1||3|
|2||GBR2151||Jonathan Fish||Waldringfield SC||11||1||6||4|
|3||GBR2167||Lee Child||Dabchicks SC / WMYC||13||5||2||6|
|4||GBR2156||Robert Deaves||Waldringfield SC||15||3||3||9|
|5||GBR211||Charlie Cumbley||Teign Corinthian YC||16||6||9||1|
|6||GBR2118||Terry Curtis||Weymouth/Upper Thames||16||4||4||8|
|7||GBR2169||Will Turner||Dabchicks SC||20||8||10||2|
|8||GBR2150||Andy Couch||Rudyard Lake SC||23||7||11||5|
|9||GBR2145||Tony Woods||Glossop SC||30||10||7||13|
|11||GBR2042||Richard Burton||Oxford SC||32||9||5||18|
|12||GBR2157||Dave Bourne||Upriver YC||34||15||12||7|
|13||GBR2160||Alex Scoles||Overy Staithe||40||12||17||11|
|15||GBR2084||Keith Byers||Morecombe & Heysham YC||46||19||13||14|
|16||NZL553||Finn Gheury||Dachet Water SC||48||13||16||19|
|17||GBR2121||Tony Rich||West Oxfordshire SC||52||16||20||16|
|18||GBR2171||Simon Cox||Waldringfield SC||54||21||23||10|
|19||GBR2059||David Rose||Deben YC||54||18||19||17|
|20||GBR2159||Norman Byrd||Northampton SC||63||17||26||20|
|21||GBR2100||Toby Ramsay||Dabchicks SC||67||24||18||25|
|22||GBR2126||Mike Edwards||Leigh & Lowton SC||72||36||15||21|
|23||GBR2139||Ken Carroll||Alton Water SC||72||25||21||26|
|24||GBR2125||Neil Goodhead||South Staffs||80||29||29||22|
|25||GBR2031||Dave Cooper||Overy Staithe SC||84||28||33||23|
|29||GBR2123||Andy Turner||Overy Staithe SC||90||22||27||41|
|30||GBR2112||John Paul Williams||WOSC||93||27||25||41|
|31||GBR2149||Martin Bower||Blithfield SC||95||26||28||41|
|33||GBR2137||Simon Shaw||Deben YC||101||30||30||41|
|34||GBR2065||Paul Aldridge||Brightlingsea SC||106||34||31||41|
|35||GBR2032||Tim Hurst||Dabchicks SC / WMYC||109||32||36||41|
|36||GBR2080||Paul Pike||Covenham SC||110||35||34||41|
|37||GBR2124||Gareth Caldwell||Blithfield SC||115||33||41||41|
|38||GBR20||Matthew Cock||Dabchicks SC||117||39||37||41|
|39||GBR2058||Mary Reddyhoff||Parkstone YC||119||37||41||41|
|40||GBR2062||Simon Greening||West Oxford SC||123||41||41||41|